TITLE

Underground potlatch

AUTHOR(S)
Cole, Douglas
PUB. DATE
October 1991
SOURCE
Natural History;
SOURCE TYPE
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Describes the potlatch, a ceremony held by Indians of the North Pacific coast, specifically the Kwakiutl, which was outlawed by Canadian authorities but has nonetheless survived to the present day. History of antipotlatch laws; How the potlatch has changed to avoid notice; Consideration of the hamatsa ritual which involves cannibalism of human flesh; Influence of church and school on the Indian's needs; Prosecutions and imprisonments associated with the antipotlatch law of the 1920s; Revisions of the Indian Act which recommends that the Kwakitul be allowed to practice the customs of their heritage.
ACCESSION #
9110216039

Tags: KWAKIUTL Indians;  WAKASHAN Indians;  INDIANS of North America -- British Columbia;  RITUAL;  POTLATCH;  INDIANS of North America -- Social life & customs;  MANNERS & customs;  CANNIBALISM;  PRIMITIVE societies;  HUMAN sacrifice;  RITES & ceremonies

 

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